Domaine René Bouvier – Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru

    The origin of “Charmes“ can be found in the pre-latin word “calma“. During the Middle Ages, this latin root evolved into “chaume“ (thatch), “charme“ (hornbeam) and “chaux“ (lime). It is difficult to say whether it is the tree or the soil which gave its name to the grand cru.

    OWNER

    The Bouvier family.

    WINE MAKER

    The estate has been in the family for 3 generations. It has been run by Bernard Bouvier and his wife Stéphanie since 1992. Henri Bouvier, Bernard’s grandfather, created the estate in 1910. Henri’s son, René, took over in 1950 and by 1991 the estate had been extended to 12 hectares. Today it stretches over 18 hectares.

    SITE

    Situated in the heart of the wine-producing hill, just to the east of the Grand Cru road, south of Gevrey-Chambertin.

    GRAPE VARIETY

    100% Pinot noir.

    SOIL

    Limestone and marl.

    GROWING METHOD

    The vines are on average 60 years old. Organic farming has been practiced since 2006. Both guyot and single cordon pruning are used.

    SURFACE AREA

    0.3 hectares.

    DENSITY

    9000 vines / hectare.

    VINIFICATION

    The bunches are hand-picked and very meticulously sorted. The grapes are fully destemmed with a long maceration period of 20 days.

    AGEING

    18 months in oak barrels, of which 50% are new.


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